Önder Şahan, a Turkish kebab restaurant co-owner and head chef based in London's Canary Wharf quarter sells the world's most expensive grilled-lamb skewers, a portion of which costs 925 pounds - roughly TL 4,000. Operating 15 kebab restaurants in London and recognized as one of the most famous kebab restaurant owners, Şahan said that this amount is not too expensive for grilled-lamb skewers, adding that "If there is someone who cooks it better, I can pay 1,000 pounds for it."
The owner of Hazev Restaurant in Canary Wharf, Şahan said that they have an exclusive recipe for grilled-lamb skewers that makes it expensive. The chefs use high-quality meat, vegetables and more importantly 25-year-old vinegar. They use Terre Bormane, a famous vinegar brand which costs TL 785 for a 10 cl bottle. Also grilled-lamb skewers are cooked with La Vallee des Baux, a world-class olive oil that costs TL 163. When it comes to the meat, Şahan said that he chooses Japanese Wagyu beef, one of the highest quality meats in the world and is known for being extremely marbled and also prefers expensive morel. Şahan opened his first restaurant at The Cut in 1999. His passion for food was apparent from the start, with his various dishes and distinctive recipes instantaneously greeted by excellent reviews.
Last week, Önder Şahan also won the "Alton and Co Best Chef Award" at the fourth annual Kebab Awards Ceremony in London. The British Kebab Awards took place in Park Plaza Westminster Hotel on March 25 with restaurants and suppliers across the U.K. and more than 1,000 guests in attendance, including ministers, councilors, representatives of local communities, businesspeople and kebab enthusiasts.